Wednesday, January 21, 2015

1/21-Larry Van Aalst talks with Ray Johnson & Sue Bonzell

Director of the Sonoma State University Wine Business Program, Ray is accomplished in all things wine. Author of The Good Life
Guide To Enjoying Fine Wine, Ray outlines what the good life is all  about in Sonoma County, and around the world. We will announce the winners of The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition during the show and give details about the largest competition of American wines in the world.

Manager and Marketing Director for Graton Ridge Cellars in
the Russian River area of Sonoma County , Sue was recently one of the Professional Wine Judges at The Chronicle Wine Competition. Sue will be with us to talk about the competition , and tell what it was like when Graton Ridge won the Sweepstakes Award at the big competition.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

12/10-Larry Van Aalst talks with Will Seppi & Bob Peak

One of the real treasures of Sonoma County, is Costeaux French Bakery in Healdsburg. For more than ninety years , Costeaux has been producing extraordinary delights for both locals and visitors. Will Seppi , second generation in the business , will be with us to let us know how a small bakery in Northern California can win Bakery of the Year in a nation wide competition. Visiting Healdsburg means you must stop by for lunch, or put together a picnic at Costeaux.

One of the partners at The Beverage People in Santa Rosa , Bob has the market cornered for those of us needing supplies for home  wine, beer, vinegar, and cheese making.
The Beverage People recently opened a new location and has everything you need to be a master of the yeast. Classes include the  basic to advance in making your favorite food or beverage.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

11/26-Larry Van Aalst visits with Kathleen Inman & Dan Berger

Principal and Winemaker for Inman Family Wines, Kathleen has been directing the Winery since the year 2000.  A sustainable , natural approach to growing grapes and making wine has produced some of the nicest results in all of Sonoma County . Kathleen will be with us to talk about life as a lady winemaker, and we will be tasting some recent releases.

Dan Berger- Columnist , Author, Wine Competition Director & Wine Judge
Writer, Educator , Wine Competition Director , Dan is a regular guest on The Sonoma Report. Dan will be with us to talk about Inman Family Wines, one of his favorite wineries in Northern California.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

11/12-Larry Van Aalst talks to Joe Hasson & Jerrett Davis

VP for Station Casinos , and General Manager for Graton Ranch Resort and Casino, puts Joe in the position as one of the most busy Wine Country execs. Celebrating a one year anniversary , Graton Ranch hit the ground running November of 2013, and continues to astound as the busiest of all Sonoma County attractions. When the tasting rooms close and you are looking for a good time you now have a great place to go.

Executive Chef at 630 Park Steakhouse, Jerrett has with out question the nicest , high end , Steakhouse in Sonoma County. Rave reviews and one great wine list , make this a must do when you visit the casino.
The Chef will give us some tips on living the good life , casino style.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

10/29-Larry Van Aalst talks to Brenda Chatelain & Doug Mahoney

Brenda and her husband Al , are the proprietors at The Smoked Olive , in Sonoma County. Making extraordinary Olive Oils , and a unique brown sugar, they have drawn the attention of Chefs, all over the world. The smoking process Al has perfected , makes what they do unlike anything you may have tasted before . With the Holidays near, you have a chance to order by mail , and in case you are not invited to the White House,
(the products are a favorite of the President).you and the special people who get the gifts , are in for a treat.

Chef at The FountainGrove Inn , Doug oversees Equus Restaurant, and all the banquet functions .With Thanksgiving on the way , Chef Doug will give us some hints for cooking the turkey at home , or the best way to approach the out to dinner holiday experience.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

10/15-Larry Van Aalst visits with Karissa Kruse & Miro Tcholkov

Recently appointed as the new Wine Grape Commission  Director, Karissa has more than 17 years of marketing experience. Put her Masters Degree in marketing with her owning a vineyard in Sonoma County,and it spells perfect person for the job. We will talk about some changes in The Commission, and the low down on the 2014 vintage.

VP and Director of Winemaking at Trentadue Winery along with his own brand Miro Wines , keeps Miro one busy guy. The number of other organizations Miro is involved with is indeed impressive.
We will talk about the last grapes coming in this week , and what Miro thinks will result from the dry year.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

10/1-Larry Van Aalst talks with Brian Maurer & Dan Berger

The most respected buyer/seller, middle man in all of  Wine Country , Brian is the principal in Cellar Searchers .
If you have a cellar you need to thin, or you are in the market for some rare vintages or just plain great wine, Brian is the pro.
We will be talking about a new and novel way to buy wine , that has benefits never before seen in the industry.

Recently back from his extensive travels , Dan will be with us to talk about the pressing news from the Northern California
Harvest. Columnist , Author, Wine Competition Director, Wine Judge ,  and all around bastion of knowledge, we are in for a treat when Dan is on the show.